Back in June, the Prince estate, with curation from Troy Carter and Jay-Z, released an album of Prince’s versions of hit songs he penned for other artists. And now, the estate is teaming up with Warner Records for a remastered and expanded reissue of Prince’s iconic double album 1999. The Super … More »
Throughout his legendary career, one of Prince’s most prominent roles as an artist was songwriter for other artists. That didn’t stop Prince from recording those tunes himself, too, but many of those tracks have been locked away in his Paisley Park vault for years. More »
Rapper JAY-Z will host a TIDAL listening party for the upcoming posthumous Prince album Originals on June 6 in Los Angeles. The new 15-track LP features 14 previously unreleased tracks from Prince’s “vault” including original versions of songs that the late musician wrote for other artists including Sheila E.’s “The Glamorous Life,” the Bangles’, “Manic Monday”, Vanity 6’s “Make-Up,” Kenny Rogers’ “You’re My Life”, and more. Originals was curated by JAY-Z and Troy Carter on behalf of the Prince Estate.
Prince has previously worked with TIDAL on a number of exclusive releases such as 2015 albums Hit n Run Phase One and Hit n Run Phase Two., and personally curated vault selections. Both Prince and JAY-Z have expressed both their respect for each other and gratitude for collaborating together.
JAY-Z said in a statement, “Prince led the way, for artistic freedom, for ownership. He’s one of the bravest people I can think of in the industry. He trusted us, not just me, but TIDAL, to continue his fight. Trying to help further that legacy through his music is both an honor we couldn’t pass up as an organization dedicated to empowering artists. This gives his true fans that peak behind the curtain.”
Originals will be available to stream exclusively on TIDAL June 7, followed by a wide release via Warner Bros on June 21 and Deluxe 1-CD/2-LP and 2-LP editions on July 19.
H/T: Rolling Stone
Incoming transmission from the music biz’s upper echelon of money-making illuminati: in association with Warner Bros. and TIDAL, Prince’s estate (a.k.a. The Prince Estate) will put out a 15-track album titled Originals, bringing to light never-before-released demos of tracks His Royal Badness originally penned for his close protégés and, I don’t know, Kenny Rogers.
Scheduled for an exclusive TIDAL premiere on the artist’s birthday, June 7 (and everywhere else come June 21), the collection will feature Prince’s recordings of such hit bangers as as Sheila E’s “The Glamorous Life” and The Bangles’ “Manic Monday,” the classic Minneapolis funk of The Time’s “Jungle Love” and Mazarati’s “100 Mph,” and of course, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
We’ve included the full tracklisting at the bottom of this post; but suffice it to say, the record will do a good job of reminding you and me that “for all the time he spent in the spotlight over his four-decade-long career, Prince also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to nurture talent and pen songs for the rising artists he respected.” Amen.
Pre-orders of the 180 gram 2LP and Deluxe (whatever that entitles) CD + 2LP editions are available now. Below, listen to “Baby, You’re a Trip,” recorded in 1987 by Prince’s regular backing singer and on-and-off romantic partner Jill Jones:
01. Sex Shooter (first recorded by Apollonia 6 in 1984)
02. Jungle Love (The Time, 1984)
03. Manic Monday (The Bangles, 1985)
04. Noon Rendezvous (Sheila E., 1984)
05. Make-Up (Vanity 6, 1982)
06. 100 MPH (Mazarati, 1986)
07. You’re My Love (Kenny Rogers, 1986)
08. Holly Rock (Sheila E., 1985)
09. Baby, You’re a Trip (Jill Jones, 1987)
10. The Glamorous Life (Sheila E., 1984)
11. Gigolos Get Lonely Too (The Time, 1982)
12. Love… Thy Will Be Done (Martika, 1991)
13. Dear Michaelangelo (Sheila E., 1985)
14. Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me? (Taja Sevelle, 1987)
15. Nothing Compares 2 U (The Family, 1985)
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What’s old is new — and thriving.
Though access to the world’s music catalog is easier than ever in 2019, fans continue to support a decades-old method of listening to their favorite artists: vinyl. United States vinyl sales in 2018 were up nearly 15 percent from their 2017 numbers, with 16.8 million records purchased last year. 2018 marked the 13th consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown, according to Nielsen Music, which has been tracking music sales since 1991.
Among these 16.8 million sold, albums like Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours, The Beatles‘ Abbey Road, and Michael Jackson‘s Thriller notched top spots, with Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 tying Thriller for the No. 1 spot. In terms of singles, The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” took the top spot with 10,000 sales, with songs like Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Led Zeppelin‘s “Rock and Roll”/”Friends” taking the second and third spots, respectively.
Miami’s Steven A. Clark delivered his sophomore LP via Secretly Canadian earlier this fall, produced by Boys Noize. The pairing of Clark’s genre-blending 80’s-inspired R&B and Alex Ridha’s deep, archival knowledge of synthwork resulted not only in Where Neon Goes To Die but a kindred working relationship and friendship. The project was documented by Lil Internet over the course of the record’s creation and now fans can dive into a behind the scenes look at Clark’s album and studio sessions with Boys Noize in a new mini-doc that captured the experience.
Boys Noize and Clark come together in Ridha’s Berlin studio after lengthy email chains bouncing music back and forth. Clark discusses the duo’s mutual adoration for Prince, and the kid in a candy story feeling of being out of Miami and having access to Boys Noize trove of synthesizers and production equipment in pursuit of a “handcrafted, analog” sound. The video canvases Clark’s motivations and influences, Boys Noize’s production process and studio aesthetic, and much more. In a busy year for Boys Noize that included the launch of his ELAX alter ego and resumed work on Dog Blood, his work with Steven A. Clark proved to be a really refreshing step outside of dance music in 2018. Check it below.